stanza 1, slokas 3-4

STANZA I.
3. UNIVERSAL MIND WAS NOT, FOR THERE WERE NO AH-HI TO CONTAIN IT.
4. THE SEVEN WAYS TO BLISS WERE NOT. THE GREAT CAUSES OF MISERY WERE NOT, FOR THERE WAS NO ONE TO PRODUCE AND GET ENSNARED BY THEM.

 

“Mr. A. Keightley:  Then we come to the 4th Sloka. “The 7 ways to bliss were not. The great causes of misery (Nidana and Maya) were not.” The question is, what are the 7 ways to bliss?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Well, they are practically faculties, of which you will know more later on, perhaps, if you go a little deeper into esotericism.

 
Mr. A. Keightley:  Then the 7 ways are not actually mentioned?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  No, they are not mentioned in The Secret Doctrine are they? They are not, I should say not.

 
Mr. A. Keightley:  I don’t think they are. Then the question is: “Are the 4 truths of the Hinayana School the same as the 4 truths mentioned by Edwin Arnold in his book The Light of Asia?”

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Almost the same. He mentions something which is somewhat different from it.

 
Mr. A. Keightley:  The first is of sorrow, the 2nd is of sorrow’s cause, the 3rd of sorrow’s ceasing, and the 4th is the way.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  What do you understand by Edwin Arnold’s explanation?

 
Mr. B. Keightley:  Read the passage please, Arch. (Mr. A. Keightley then read the passage indicated, The Light of Asia.)

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  All this is theological and all this exoteric; this is what you can find in all the volumes that any Buddhist priest will give you; but there is far more explanation, or course, in Aryasanga’s works, though that is the esoteric too. Arnold took it from the Singhalese Buddhism.”

 

H. P. Blavatsky

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